I love authors Interview 4
This is Jennifer Beckstrand
Welcome readers to “I love Authors Interview 4” in this interview we meet, Jennifer Beckstrand – Let’s all give Jennifer a warm welcome.
Hello, Jennifer, you are the author of A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill which is currently on tour with Celebrate Lit. It’s a pleasure to have you sitting on my couch today.
Jennifer – Thank you, Margaret, I am delighted to be here.
Ok down to the serious stuff now!
Now I want you to imagine that you are on a desert island. This means you are going back to basics.
So tell me Jennifer…
What luxury would you like to have washed up on the beach?
Jennifer – I don’t know if this is a luxury, but I would love to have an endless supply of pens and blank notebooks so I could write stories. Well, first I would make several to-do lists because I love crossing off tasks when I finish them. Then I would write my own crossword puzzle, and then I would write a novel. I suppose it would depend on when I got rescued as to how many novels I would write, but considering I’m kind of slow, it might end up being the first couple of sentences. Also, I hope this isn’t cheating to mention more than one item, but I would really need a case of toilet paper.
I’m sure there would be lots of to-do lists on a desert Island Jennifer. Sounds like you wouldn’t be stuck for things to do. Oh, I am with you on those toilet rolls!
Jennifer, you are going to need something to read as you watch the sunset.
What book would you crave to read (you already have the bible, so please pick another book)?
Jennifer – It would have to be Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It was the first romance I ever read. I still pick it up every few years and read it just for fun. It’s so rich with humor and delightful characters that I don’t think I’d tire of reading it over and over. And Mr. Darcy. Oh, my heck!
Tall, dark and handsome… oops sorry about that Jennifer, I just went off on a cloud there.
Let’s hear something about your latest book Jennifer.
What favourite sentence do you like from your most recent published book?
Jennifer – There are so many! I’ll give you the first two lines of “A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill”: Elsie Stutzman forced a smile and took the last bite of asparagus potato raisin casserole on her plate. She swallowed decisively, and it slid down her throat like a cup of wet cement.
Ohh sounds like she is struggling there, but I like the image you are portraying. Personally, I like a cup of tea.
Onto question four
You are allowed to invite another person to stay with you on the desert island, which of your characters would you choose and why?
Jennifer – I’m going to have to cheat again and choose two: Anna and Felty Helmuth, the eighty-something matchmakers in my Huckleberry Hill series. Anna is a terrible cook and Felty makes up words to songs when he can’t remember the lyrics, but there are no two people more resourceful, more fun to be with, or more loyal to their grandchildren. Anna could knit hammocks for us, and Felty could whittle toothpicks out of coconut shells.
They sound like great companions Jennifer, I can see why you would choose them.
Ok so onto the next question
I know you like writing but do you have another passion?
Jennifer – Well, Margaret, I love music and theatre. When my kids were younger, you could often find me at the elementary or junior high directing a play in one of their classes. On more than one occasion, I’ve organized my kids and their friends in Shakespeare productions, musical numbers, and dramatic presentations. I also used to drag all six kids to sing with me and my husband in church and other programs. I think they mostly enjoyed it. One of my daughters was a music major, and my son is the lead singer in his band. Something must have stuck.
It sounds like it did Jennifer!
The final question now
So to leave the island, you have to describe your main character in five words, can you tell me what they would be?
Jennifer – Puny, feisty, determined, compassionate, unconventional.
She sounds like an interesting person to meet.
And now to wrap it all up
Jennifer, I have thoroughly enjoyed our time together. It has been a delight sharing my couch with you. I hope you have a successful blog tour.
And thank you, Margaret, it has been fun.
A round of applause for Jennifer Beckstrand. ♥
Oh, I nearly forgot, Jennifer has a GIVEAWAY to offer. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and see what Jennifer is giving away – but first please read all about Jennifer and her book A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill below.
About the Book
Title: A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill
Author: Jennifer Beckstrand
Genre: Christian Amish Fiction
Release Date: December 26, 2017
Elsie Helmuth’s plain-spoken ways got her in trouble once before, so she needs to make a good impression at her new teaching job. But she’s not about to let disabled student Wally Sensenig work below his potential. And she definitely won’t put up with his hot-headed older brother sabotaging her efforts, no matter how handsome he is. . .
Sam is nearly at the end of his rope caring for his ailing, widowed mother, working their farm, and raising his siblings. He’ll admit Elsie’s ideas are bringing Wally out of his angry shell—but why does she have to be as stubborn as she is pretty? Yet as it turns out, Elsie has taught Sam something about himself as well. And he’ll do whatever it takes to make up for his mistakes—and win her heart forever.
Click here to purchase your copy.
About the Author
Jennifer Beckstrand is the RITA-nominated, award-winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hillseries and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Her much-anticipated Amish series, The Honeybee Sisters, has created a lot of romantic buzz. Sweet as Honey received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and Sweet as Honey and A Bee in her Bonnet were both awarded Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth and the Honeybee sisters’aendi Bitsy. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a passion for Jane Austen and Shakespeare. She and her husband have been married for thirty-three years, and she has six children and six adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.
To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to three winners!!
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